PILOT PROJECT: REMOVAL OF MARINE LITTER FROM EUROPE'S FOUR REGIONAL SEAS
Toolkit: Marine litter retention, Implementing your project, Project communicationSee also: Litter collection | Litter reception | Recycling and disposal | Raising awareness on marine litter | Monitoring marine litter | Complementary activities
Strong project communications will keep your participants and project team engaged and motivated and will help you to attract new participants or sponsors. Consider how you will communicate key project information to the other participants in your project over the lifetime of the project, particularly fishermen, port authorities, waste management companies and anyone providing financial or in-kind support to the project. To communicate with participants, you may wish to use the following communication tools:
- Meetings: For example, you might wish to hold regular meetings with the port authorities and fishing associations to provide updates on new developments in the project and collect their feedback on the project. These regular meetings don’t necessarily need to be held in person; they could also be held by phone or over Skype.
- Leaflets or newsletters: For example, you might wish to issue a project newsletter to communicate with fishermen or regularly update your project leaflet to ensure that it contains the most recent information for fishermen.
- Email: For example, rather than holding meetings, you could provide regular updates to port authorities and others by email.
- Website: For example, you might have a website to communicate about your project to the broader public, but this could also be used to provide practical information, such as contact details, to project participants.
A strategy to communicate your project to the broader public can make use of a wide variety of communication channels, such as participating in community events, workshops and conferences, publications, social media and press releases to the local media. You might also wish to develop a logo for your project to provide visual recognition. Some EU funds have precise requirements in terms of project communication, which you will need to be aware of if you receive these funds. For example, the LIFE programme requires an independent project website, so a page dedicated to the project on your organisation’s website will not be sufficient. The website should be written in your local language, but for some EU funds, it might be a requirement to have also the website available in English.
More tips on project communication tools can be found on the LIFE programme website.